500 Miles by Bike from Brooklyn to Goddard: Dan Kaminsky

Getting to a residency can take time, not to mention trains, planes and automobiles. Dan Kaminsky, a student in the Social Innovation and Sustainability MA Program, decided to forego the usual transportation to bike about 500 miles from his home in Brooklyn to Plainfield, Vermont for the August residency. He was motivated by Goddard’s  “emphasis on being holistic and knowing, being and doing, and taking lessons from real life,” and challenges by long days on his bike, including one that was uphill for dozens of miles. Along the way, he stayed with fellow students in the program, resting up each night before another long day of biking. He also experienced the miracle of finding a new tire tube after five flats on his last day biking in rural Vermont. Listen to his story of how he walks (bikes actually) his talk. “The intention of a trip like this is to put yourself in a challenge, see what your limits are, and then overcome them.”

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Karla Haas-Moskowitz, Commencement Speaker: Remember Your Lights

IMG_1434Karla Haas-Moskowitz, the commencement speaker for the GGI graduation on August 7, 2016, delivered a very moving talk about the work of our graduates and the work ahead. Here are some excerpts from her talk.

So as your jewish mother commencement speaker, here is what you need to know to live a successful life besides marrying or becoming a doctor. (and if you decide to become a doctor please do so through the soon to be actualized GGI PhD program—more on that in another commencement speech) :

The parameter, shape and hue, the depth and brilliance of your own light is all yours, keep it close to you;

It belongs to you; embrace it, admire it; it is stunning.

Remember to also share it freely as it is your gift to others and the world.

That which defines and communicates your unique beauty and super powers are for you to learn to know fully, unconditionally accept, and to celebrate with balloons and party favors. This is because you are wonderful, thus full of wonder.

Although certainly festive, this is not an easy task. it is hard work to honor yourself.

But do it anyway. And in doing so, you can never deny, never doubt, never disregard all that is you.

Do not erase your magnificence.

Do not question your worthiness, no matter the temptation to do so.

Be aware of the poison that lives in tainted messages. these may trickle into your open heart or seep into your porous brain; these can erode your spirit.

Do not believe in words that are not honorable. they are misguided.

remember that your journey is a sacred one, even during times of unexpected detours, untied shoe laces, pot holes, poor parallel parking, and dead batteries.

Reject any denunciations that fall at your feet or curl up in you lap.

These condemning voices may come to you from others or even from your very own primal thoughts. They may show up as a drip that slowly forms and falls or arrive like a flash flood.

Life’s contaminants may feel oddly familiar and wreak havoc in their free range; they may sneak into your psyche in the middle of the night or when you least expect it on a sunny afternoon. they can also enter you ferociously like an ear drum blast despite well crafted shields.

Remember your critics, your oppressors, whether individuals or institutions, may disregard you and may not be able to see who you are because of their own blindness. and their own dread and sadness. this has nothing to do with you.

Erosive and critical voices arise from fearful places and are to be transcended. these are not the same as receiving feedback or experiencing a teachable moment — as these are gifts. you will know the difference. be kind to yourself.

Remember at all costs: you are smart and you are good.

Continue to be brave, and most importantly, be open to love.

….You are here, I see you and I know that your knowing, being, and doing is needed in this world.

Bria, your research in confronting dysfunctional patterns in the field of community development has led to a re-invention of yourself and your world. your work is inspiring; and as you have said yourself, you were able to find and share the heart of your research and this is a brave act and it is life changing for you and others. it is the real story.

Clay, your presentation of education as medicine is radical and it is truth. you and your modern day warrior poets teach us, lead us, and leave us with a message that the apocalypse is not the end, but the beginning of a story. and your stories provide us with messages that demand and deserve attention and justice.

Jennye, yes, text equals skin and you introduce us to a different way of knowing. you name in order to shift, to heal. you explore the physicality of the wound. you ask, how much can text hold? you hold a mirror for us all in your work to confront and heal trauma fearlessly while settling into the shadows.

Linda, in connecting women’s rights to women’s health, you offer such insight. you remind us that it is all about going to the center. in following the wandering uterus, there is so much to learn about peace and balance. whether witch or crone, aging women can find power by looking inward and sharing outward.

Chris, so brave you are to share your story of darkness and offer the light found in the science of flower remedies. You provide information and resources that can guide individual choice in healing. you remind us of the power found in the mind and body connection with all the potential it holds. you share this and you embody it.

Becky, although you shared that that “to change the world is not, in itself, a thesis”; I would say you have changed the world through your graduate work. by exploring the interconnectedness of mind-body-spirit as it manifests inside and outside the classroom and by integrating contemplative practices in your instruction, you are able to reframe teaching and learning. You are a role model and a change agent facilitating transformation for self and world.

Katherine, what beauty there is in your multiple images that marked a spiral path of learning and exploration. the color, shape, texture, and patterns you create offer imaginings that have a life of their own. you model and encourage us to come home to our bodies. your mystical movements provide insight and affirmation. the theories you chose to research were observed from the inside out, turned upside down, and eventually made real. in doing this you invite, inspire, and unearth.

Diasie, oh, wise woman, mother, entrepreneur, health coach, 4th generation east indian, trinidadian, learner and goddard grad, thank you for your story and for your brave explorations and valuable discoveries. sharing your journey makes us all better for it. you confess that this masters process had you learning more about yourself than you thought you might. less from books, more about your own heart and soul; yet, you still could share so much information about commodification, globalization, traditions, and modernity all in the context of the social life of natural foods; it is clear you embody how the personal is political.

Kate, you reveal that the heart is an organ that doubles as a metronome to our lives. you ask us to play together, to never stop laughing, and to not be afraid to say “poop” in a progressive academic environment. you model vulnerability. you find ways to share personal stories and valuable information through song and media in a way that makes us want to join you on stage (or not).

Steve, as a little boy you wished that the world would stop being polluted, that war would stop and that the poor would be happy. this dream seeded your desire to grow up ask what makes a community sustainable, what is social innovation, and what is community engagement? you ask, how can we best listen to people to inspire change to serve their best interest? you acknowledge that self-organizing will very likely be met with resistance when it confronts power. your work that navigates the intersection between conservation and social justice is inspiring and as powerful and breathtaking as the flight of a red tail hawk.

Suzanne, you use your poignant life experience as a vehicle to change the world and the lives of others. you share your story as a testimonial to your belief in miracles. you call for there to be more brave nursing leaders in neonatal intensive care units. and you, as a brave nursing leader, yourself, identify the horrible waste and overuse that exists devastating a system that is needed to save tiny lives. In your activism you ask hard questions that challenge institutions. in doing so, you reveal your anger, but also offer real solutions to problems that plague families and children. you are a courageous steward and magnificent role model as mother and change agent.

Celeste your discussion of the connections as well as the distinctions that exist among the concepts of health, wellness, well-being, presence and embodiment is inspiring. I appreciate your commitment to the field of education and to the vigor of those who serve within it. You reinforce the critical importance of knowing self and the vital need to find authentic ways to provide self-care. Doing so supports both the internal and external work that is guided by human emotions, thoughts, collective reasoning, and intuition. Your contention that we are responsible for co-creating our future and that in doing so we have the potential to impact, invite, and affect learning in powerful ways. Having our work and life force emerge from a healthy and purposeful center gives me great faith in what is to come.

Cathee, the mystery and enchantment of the narrative you share on the wisdom of place in Wisconsin is really about all of our sacred places. Land, trees, family, heritage, devastation and restoration line your story. Your social-ecological-political narrative is startling and stunning. The environmental injustice, you share; the growth of and subsequent attack on progressivism in your homeland all contribute to a beautiful portrayal guided by a reality where

Bob Kenny, Goddard President, with Karla
Bob Kenny, Goddard President, with Karla

memories are lost and built. There is such love in what you offer. Such hope even when birthed from such despair.

…..congratulations to you, graduates, and congratulations to this world that receives and benefits from the blessings of your luminous spirit.

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GGI Grads in the News: Seema Reza and Taina Asili

In the last day, two GGI grads have been sharing their strongest words about the work we do in the world and how to do it better.

Seema-Reeza-620x400Seema Reza’s article — “The Work of Waking Up the Sleeping in a Broken World: We Are Together” — was just published in The Feminist Wire. This essay was based on the commencement address she gave at her graduation from GGI in February of 2016 when she received her Individualized MA degree in Transformative Language Arts. Seema Reza, author of When the World Breaks Open, which grew out of her final product for her BFA from Goddard, works at military medical centers in the Washington, D.C. area facilitating writing and arts programs to help wounded warriors grapple with the unseen injuries of war. She was awarded by very prestigious  Co. John Gioia Patriot Award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with the military. As she writes in this article,

“If each of us wakes the sleeping, there will be far more of us than there are of them. This is our work. Whichever corner of the earth we focus our attention upon.”

Read more here. You can see her website here.

indexTaina Asili, as an IMA-TLA graduate, was just featured in Yes Magazine in an interview entitled, “Black Lives Matter “Anthem” Writer Talks Music, TPP, and Being a Mom to a Black Son.” Taina is a singer-songwriter who offers writing workshops focused on social change for intergenerational, multi-ethnic and other communities. She ours with her band, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, which has recently released “And We Walk,” on the need for environmental justice, following up on her anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement, “Freedom.” She says,

We’re constantly in the process of not only thinking through strategies of survival, which is a huge question right there, but also how do we continue to survive as Black people in the midst of this violence, whether it’s emotional or physical. How do we survive? How do we thrive? How do we continue to raise our children and give them hope? How do we give each other hope?

Read her interview here.  You can see her website here.

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Graduating Student Workshops at the Fall 2016 Residency

Decolonizing Indigenous Education, with IMA graduating student Clay River. A demonstration of using cultural arts and performance art as a teaching tool to decolonize education. Demonstrating the use of traditional art forms alongside modern performance styles to dismantle and redefine urban Native identity. A dialogue of the historical trauma education has had on people of color and re-examining indigenous pedagogy to reclaim, redefine and reintroduce traditional ways of learning.

12144680_10206205188983346_6840334781893402731_n“For Text to be Like Skin”: Dwelling In & Translating the Wound(s) of Trauma, with IMA graduating student Jennifer Patterson. This thesis and presentation is a non-linear attempt to give language and shape to the failed body of a queer survivor of sexual violence, to give language and shape to the time and place between ‘before’ and ‘after,’ to honor how bodies heal and are rebuilt outside the dominant narratives of healing. It challenges the dominant survivor narratives around survivorhood and healing from sexual violence including the ones from a medical and psychological perspective that pathologize the lived experience of a survivor as one of disconnection, disembodiment and disassociation. In the thesis, the first section lays out the terrain, guides you through the research and frameworks that shape my work with trauma, bodies and translation. The second section is a creative non-fiction manuscript that aspires to map, in words and threads, the trauma(tized) body of a queer person who has lived through emotional, sexual and physical trauma— how it actually feels in my body to be living with and moving through complex trauma. The manuscript will imagine survivorhood as an altered state and will move between conscious states, dream states and other altered states. The manuscript attempts to map only one body, or, one person’s body(ies) where the first section works to draw in larger political, social and cultural shapings. In the presentation I will offer a bit of my research, creative non-fiction writing and if time allows, we will do a 5 minute somatic writing prompt together.

1008384_10201469224440925_148325659_oFor Women of a Certain Age: Answering Menopause with Martial Arts, with IMA graduating student Linda Dobson Porter. I will start with a brief talk about menopause, and my experience; how I discovered martial arts as a powerful tool; followed by a discussion of the history and treatment of women in menopause, alongside a slide show/power point that will include illustrations and photos of women in the “throes” of “hysteria” (menopause), as well as ads from the 60’s for hormones as “treatment.” I will then show a video/photo shoot from a martial arts/self-defense workshop I completed. At the conclusion I will invite people to come up and try a couple of “escapes” from grabs/ techniques that require ONLY breathing and focusing on their center, using their chi energy, also saving time for questions.

10991702_10152978963906998_8628372220651246479_oMind/Body Health & The Bach Flower Remedies, with HAS graduating student Christopher Hoyt. This presentation covers some of the major discoveries involving mind/body health–such as the stress response, the effect of our thoughts on our immune system (and vice versa), and the potential influence of epigenetic effects on both mind and body–along with a look at the mind/body alternative healthcare system known as the Bach Flower Remedies.

823_1062159147927_5214_nMindfulness and Motivation, with HAS graduating student Becky Morris. In this presentation you will learn how mindfulness and fulfilling our psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness (to bring about an increased sense of intrinsic motivation) can be utilized as tools for change. Join us for hands on activities which incorporate mindfulness and motivation into a learning environment. I will share how I brought these elements into the public school system and as a group we can collaborate ways to bring them into your own work and life.

Mystical Moves: Awakening to an Embodied Self through Expressive Arts and Yoga, with IMA graduating student Katherine Carbone. My presentation will feature _1376220777experiential components drawn from my studies and process.Participants will be guided in brief practices of meditation, embodiment and expressive arts to gain first hand experience of how these modalities enhance self-awareness. I will also be displaying a series of expressive arts pieces created as an outgrowth of my arts-based research into the underlying connections between expressive arts, yoga and embodied self- discovery. My final product is a series of collages that have been assembled into a set of Chakra Insight Cards, each with an image insight, embodied practice and suggested affirmation. A crocheted installation of the Chakra Insight Cards unites art with craft and will invite the viewers to interact with the cards.


From left: Julie Sells, Chris Hoyt, Becky Morris, Diasie Sammy-Christopher, Sarah Coflan, and Desiree Wyble

Social Life of Natural Foods: Context and Consequence of Consumption, with HAS graduating student Diasie Sammy-Christopher. This presentation examines aspects of social context, the thesis weaves together critical analysis and personal experience. Certain themes travel through the essays, manifesting in different ways at different times. Prominent among these are themes of commodification and globalization as well as the tensions between tradition and modernity in food cultures. A personal narrative is also used as a lens through which the impact commodification, globalization and food traditions is both experienced and understood. The findings of the study reflect my personal journey as I moved outward exploring the dietary environment and returned to reflect upon my inner world. The findings suggest that there is a balance between individual wisdom and larger social forces, and both shape our food choices, which in turn have their own social and ecological effects.

The Making of “The Kate 241311_10150202508767458_5598502_oChapman Show: A Feel Better Hour”, with HAS graduating student Kate Chapman. This presentation will discuss how I created and completed a one-hour talk/variety show, providing an applied context for my studies.

The Wisdom of One Place, with IMA graduating student Catherine Sweet. This study encompasses themes of place, story, and memory, in an intertwining story of what one place can teach us about all places. It begins in one small community and explores the inter-cultural history 622805_4418484624178_1526636736_oof that place, and explores memory as both a provocation toward knowledge and as a limited resource. A personal exploration of assault on both memory and place in weaving together the story of one place through the narrative of the assault of Alzheimer’s on memory while concurrently exploring the repeated environmental assaults on place and on treaty rights in Wisconsin. It contrasts Wisconsin’s rich tradition of progressivism and pioneering environmentalism with the historic and present-day capitalistic exploitation of land.

13458794_10206600713073105_4603374646671475770_oThe World Is Littered With Opportunity, with SIS graduating student Steven Wright. Community engagement and sustainable construction combine to shift power dynamics in historically ignored communities. Journey through seven years of sustainable construction with trash and tires and community organizing throughout the Americas with a focus on the ever-complex US-Mexico Border Region. Lessons learned the hard way, and things learned through the Goddard lens, learn how 4Walls International is poised to use community consultative methods to relocate climate refugees using native materials.

Walk with Me: Healing Our Neonatal Intensive Care Units, with HAS graduating student Suzanne Milkiewicz-Bryjak. A blend of literature review and powerful personal essay that invites the audience to experience the Neonatal Intensive Care Journey through the eyes of both a parent and a neonatal intensive care nurse. Current research-reality disparities will be explored along with the clinical, psychosocial and economic cascades that are the result of gaps in care for our nation’s smallest and most fragile hospital population.

1934528_1181916462964_284829_nWho Am I and How Do I Take Care of Myself?: Cultivating Self-Awareness Inside Five Dimensions of Self-Care, with HAS graduating student Celeste Joy Ross. This presentation is an experiential exploration into self, awareness, dimensional presence, and self-care. In addition to an overview of Five Dimensions of Self-Care (an individualized approach to well-being), participants will be able to explore and reflect upon their own self-care praxis, increase their self-awareness through movement, and experiment with stream-of-consciousness drawing in sensing and attending to oneself with self-care in mind.

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Visiting Scholars Claudia Guerra on Mapping for Social Justice and Cultural Sustainability, and Yvette Hyater-Adams on Transforming Narratives

12308110_10206518991746820_1335577300843926606_oOur fall 2016 residency features two powerful visiting scholars, both Goddard alumni who have made and continue to make significant differences in the world: Claudia Guerra, and Yvette Hyater-Adams.

Claudia Guerra (IMA-CS ‘11) graduated from the Goddard College IMA program with a concentration in Consciousness Studies. She is currently the Cultural Historian of San Antonio, Texas and is trying very hard to use the power of transformative work she learned at Goddard to quietly, respectfully and surreptitiously change the way the local government engages with disenfranchised communities and reclaims erased histories. Here sessions include:

Keynote: Mapping the Soul of Community: Counter- Mapping for Social Justice and Cultural Sustainability: Throughout history, people have created and used maps to find places, to keep us from getting lost, to shape the boundaries of geographic space, to shape history and to keep us in our place. Maps have been used to tell particular, specific and exclusionary histories, to keep some of us out of our place. In recent years, counter-mapping has become a way to tell the alternate story; a way to record, document and archive social geographies that have been forgotten, hidden and replaced. Counter-mapping culture gives voice to Indigenous, migrant, and other marginalized communities and offers potential to safeguard intangible heritage that flows out and away from mainstream culture. This presentation will present both the beautiful and sordid history of maps while it articulates how counter-mapping works to restore the forgotten and erased soul of a community. The presentation will also address why it may be useful to Goddard student practice and because the presentation is given by a somewhat recent Goddard graduate, tips on life after Goddard will be sprinkled throughout in a platica—Spanish for “let’s talk”—format.

Workshop: Mapping to Save your Soul! Maps are more than pieces of paper with geographic points. Maps say “We are Here” but they also say “Who we are.” They make note of things you can discover along your way. They guide you. They take you on a journey. Essentially, maps are stories about the lives of people in places. In this workshop, we will make map out our stories, memories, and emotions to create a tangible document that is both archive and art. And, hopefully, inspire and teach you to take this technique back to your community as a form of sharing and engagement leading to social sustainability.13680912_10209288561398585_3616504419242438469_n

Yvette Hyater-Adams (IMA-TLA ‘03) is a writer, teaching-artist, and transformative narrative practitioner in applied behavioral science. She runs Narratives for Change and is a highly sought-after leadership coach and facilitator for writing workshops, a designer of women’s and girl’s leadership programs, and uses autoethnography as social action writing.

Keynote Presentation: Seeing Your Way Clear Through Transformative Narratives: Storytelling is a powerful way to engage in deep listening and meaning making that requires time, patience, skill and gratitude. How might we practice narrative listening to written and spoken words and pay attention to where they land in our bodies? What if we consciously connect with words that trigger our reactions—understand their legacy, and claim them as real and raw parts of ourselves? What if we speak our truth framed as what we want to happen that brings forward commonly espoused values such as peace, love, freedom, respect, honesty, and integrity? What if the narratives that live inside our experience are told true as positive reframes, e.g. My needs were not met, becomes, I am on a path to get my needs met. This storytelling presentation provides a perspective based on my scholar-practitioner work with transformative narratives. Learn ways individuals, groups, and systems can genuinely hear each other’s story, practice owning their projections and understanding their legacy, and experiment with positive reframing as an approach to take steps toward transformative change.

Workshop: When Literary-Based Narrative Inquiry transforms Teams and Work Cultures: This workshop is designed to explore the use of arts-based forms in organizations, specifically literary-based narrative inquiry models (such as the facilitator’s model, Transformative Narratives), that apply storytelling, poem-making, creative writing and autoethnography to help transform teams and workplace cultures. Participants design interventions using narrative tools in basic organizational development models such as Kurt Lewin’s change theory model, (freeze, unfreeze, refreeze) and Bruce Tuckman’s group development model (forming, storming, norming, performing and transforming). Reflexive and reflective practice are introduced and used during the workshop. Participants will take part in an interactive, experiential learning process to:

    • Use “case stories” that initiate building workplace team or culture scenarios
    • Identify and select literary-based methods to design team or culture interventions
    • Apply selected narrative tool



Participants walk away informed on ways their arts-based practice can be used with teams and in workplace cultures. Framing practice for organizational use can expand work assignments and sustain oneself in Right Livelihood.

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Collaborative Thresholds: Group Openings at the Fall 2016 Residency Opening

RainbowOverGoddard_08-12-13_(3)The welcome session held August 4 for the Fall 2016 residency featured, among other things, a time for students and faculty to divide into groups, and compose poems together. Using the prompt of “Threshold,” we followed an old poetry ice-breaker technique: write a line, pass it to the next person to add his/her/their line, then fold over the line you responded to so that each subsequent person only sees the line right before theirs. Here are our collaborative poems:

Above and beyond the garden gate, I stand

betwixt hither and tither, and we think, now what?

Naked, across the sky,

she floats, hoping not to trip,

but tripping is okay, too.


The mouth of a fish is open

as the river flowers wide under the star-filled sky

and the birds cross the borderlands

to a new and unexplored journey.

Journey! We have come home to the residency theme.


Immigrants, beware! The door is only a door

and what you’ll find beyond is only a room:

There is a light, but it burns brightest inside.

Stepping along the edge of what I know, 20266_314831322635_3417742_n

leaning into what I don’t yet know…..ah!

Embracing possibility.


Thrashen: to break free of

the threshold of the sky like a dove.

I appreciate the opening,

the ebb and flow of possibilities and essences reverberating

through the layers of time.


Get out of my room, he said.

It’s not your room, it’s the threshold, I replied.

It’s a place in between

you and me. Be “we” in the

here and now of new thresholds.

Cross over, open your arms. Dive in.

The water is fine.

Cook, brisk, refreshing. Breathe!



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A Cornucopia of Workshops for Change-makers, Visionaries, Pilgrims, and Activists: Faculty Workshops at the Fall 2016 Residency

IMG_0488A Change-Maker’s Journey to a Passionate Livelihood: Day Trips From Self to Community to Make Our Real Work Come True, with faculty member Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Day trips are short jaunts from where we live to explore areas close at hand. Making a living as a change-maker is much the same: we go from our gifts, challenges, callings, and conversations to the communities surrounding us to unearth what’s needed, what’s ripe, and how to make it all happen in a way that serves both our people and helps us sustain a livelihood. Let’s discuss, explore, and try out various creative prompts to discover more about what doors are open to us, what’s our real work of the moment, and how to summon the courage, practice, and tools to move ahead. We’ll be especially looking at how to research, design, deliver, and assess consulting services, workshops, and collaborative projects.

45768_477089016176_7186500_nA Map to the Next World: Creating Refugia in a Time of Ecological Unraveling, with faculty member Lise Weil, and returning students Rachel Economy and Julie Sells. We live in difficult times. Disappearing species, rising tides, widespread drought, human displacement, societal violence, personal trauma are all legacies of the many isms, capital, imperial and colonial, that we have inherited along with increasingly ingenious forms of distraction. Instead of diversion or retreat into ourselves, what forms of perception, conception, and action can we undertake to address such systemic urgencies? What kinds of changes are required of us? How can we come together to create generative spaces? Refugia where we can both mourn the irreversible losses and reconstitute the world in ways that allow communities of all beings to flourish?


Sarah Bobrow-Williams

Freedom Journeys: The Jewish Passover Seder and Transformative, Ritual Storytelling as Social Innovations, with faculty members Sarah Bobrow-Williams and Lori Ahava Wynters. Join us for an experience of the Passover Seder – the ritual “banquet of body and spirit,” and telling of the exodus story of enslaved people to freedom. A timeless ritual practiced annually by Jews all over the world, the Passover ritual is both an individual and community journey: a universal call to action for freedom, justice, healthy relationship and human dignity. This workshop will deconstruct the ancient storytelling ritual and symbolism in the Passover Seder and their capacity for dismantling systemic oppression,


Lori Wynters

widening the circle of understanding and authoring new narratives of mind, body and spiritual connection from a social and ecological context and systems thinking perspective. Beginning with Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s 1969 Freedom Seder applied to the contemporary African American liberation movement for justice, we will examine this seder first conducted on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination in a Black church in Washington DC and then move to generating other possibilities for embracing contemporary cultures living in diaspora and in oppressive systems today.

Jim Sparrell, faculty

Jim Sparrell, faculty

How Songs Find Stories: Music, Memory, and the Narrative Journey, with faculty members Jim Sparrell and Lori Wynters. This writing workshop will include a demonstration of the musical life timeline as a means of accessing neglected memories, as well as some discussion of memory processes and music, and time for participants to begin composing a personal essay, poem or other writing based on the construction of their own musical timeline.

DSCN0690Nationalism, Difference and the Cosmopolitan Conversation: Listening, connecting, and designing research for change, with faculty members Katt Lissard and Karen Campbell. We know from history that nationalism, xenophobia and the violence they inspire recur. We also know that debates on how education should handle citizenship — are we above all citizens of the USA or of our shared planet? — recur: “we should give our first allegiance to no mere form of government, no temporal power, but to the moral community made up by the humanity of all human beings” (Nussbaum). In this workshop we’ll watch an interview with philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (author of Cosmopolitanism, 2000) and then consider how we can learn from such debates and transform theory into practice as we design our research projects so that they can contribute to actual change; to dousing the flames of neurotic nationalism once and for all. Heady idealism? Perhaps. But at Goddard graduates can and do apply their learning to make change. SO we ask you to please check some of the links on our reading list, and come prepared to briefly describe your own project so that we can anchor what will surely be a v(r)igorous discussion in your needs and desires to contribute to justice for our shared world.

13652890_10153821037836235_2050485886347209539_oOthered Forms of Knowing: Decolonizing the Body, with faculty members Lise Weil and Sarah Van Hoy. In this workshop we will explore what it means to decolonize the body. The decolonization process can be thought of as cultivating mammalness. What practices support us in this process? And what forms of knowing and perception become available to us as we decolonize our bodies? In order to talk about decolonization, we have to talk about the ways that our bodies and perceptions have been colonized, which involves surfacing of personal and collective histories. The workshop will begin with this exercise.

Francis X. Charet, faculty

Pilgrimages: Outward Journeys to Inward Places, with faculty member Francis X. Charet. Pilgrimages have been part of the human quest for meaning and the spiritual connection between geographical places and the landscape of the inner world. Drawing upon the myth of the journey, anthropological and psychological perspectives, the widespread phenomenon of pilgrimage will be explored.

Poetics of the Body Workshop Series, with faculty member Sarah Van Hoy, and returning students Stefania Patinella and Brighde Moffat. In this series of workshops, we will be exploring the intersection of embodied experience and embodied language. We are exploring how language, meaning making and experience collide and how language(s) from the body intersect with language and meaning making about the body. What does poetics open up as a practice or method? How do we experience our bodies and how do we give language to those experiences? How, in turn, can the use of poetic language reveal and remodel forms of physiology and perception? How do we come to know plants through embodied, poetic experience and how do these experiences intersect with our understanding of the use and efficacy of those plants from a healing perspective? How do we receive and interpret bodily signs and signals, like pulse? And what does it mean to employ embodiment as poetics as part of our ‘diagnosis’ of the world and our understanding of ourselves? The sessions in this series include Embodied Plant Medicine, with returning student Stefania Patinella, Haptic Intimacies: Pulse Diagnosis and the Expressiveness of the Body, with faculty member Sarah Van Hoy, and Bone Remodeling: the Poetics of Embodiment, with returning student Brighde Moffat.

What is “theory” and why is it (or is it not) important? with faculty members Francis X. Charet and Sarah Van Hoy. This workshop will be a clinic where we talk concretely about the opportunities, possibilities, challenges and limitations of “theory” in our studies. What does theory mean to each one of us? How is it different from or similar to other ways of framing knowledge? (What is the relationship between theory and practice, for instance?) How do we feel we are using (or not using) theory in our work? How does theory inform our understanding of things? How can theory be accessible, supple, meaningful and a tool (rather than a fetish)? Everyone is encouraged to come, bring your insights and your confusion. We will seek to find our right relationship to this often misunderstood term.

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